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Old dvr recordings.

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by vfviola, May 1, 2013.

  1. vfviola

    vfviola AllStar

    Jul 18, 2009
    I couldn't find where the topic was for this so please forgive me for repeating. I just ordered the Genie. I have a ton of recordings on the dvr I am sending back. Can I leave the receiver connected to view recordings? I will be connecting the Genie, but wanted to keep thr hr21-200 going for recordings. Any feedback is appreciated.
  2. jagrim

    jagrim Hall Of Fame

    Aug 25, 2006
    You can keep it activated for as long as you want. Watch your older recordings then deactivate the reciever when you're thru.
  3. peds48

    peds48 Genius.

    Jan 10, 2008
    FIrst, if you keep the DVR, you will be paying the monthly fee until you send it back to DirecTV. and second, while you maybe able to view the recordings on the HDDVR without a satellite connection, this would not be for too long. It could be a matter of days and/or weeks before the authorization expires on that HDDVR
  4. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    More likely a matter of hours. Anecdotal information suggests something under 35 hours.
  5. peds48

    peds48 Genius.

    Jan 10, 2008
    I have seen "movers" with receivers disconnected for a week and upon reconnection they fired right up, whereas I have seen service calls with receivers not working (771) for a day or 2 and upon fixing they go to 721. so who knows….
  6. Billzebub

    Billzebub Godfather

    Jan 1, 2007
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Of course you'll have to pay for the extra receiver, but there's no reason you can't do this. I kept my R22 for over a year for this very reason. Just hook each receiver up to a [SIZE=10.5pt]different [/SIZE]input on your TV. You also might need to do some programing on your remote.
  7. TomCat

    TomCat Broadcast Engineer

    Aug 31, 2002
    Somebody knows. I just don't think they are talking.

    What we have to assume is that DTV does not want you to be able to easily move DVRs around unconnected for very long, because that would mean that folks could terminate secondary outlets on DVRs that had 400 hours of recorded shows, and they could use those outlets to continue to view recordings without paying for a continued connection; this aside from the fact that the shows were recorded with a legal connection. Also, theoretically, a customer could drop service months ahead of when they normally would and survive on recordings while waiting to either reup or move to a competitor. People actually do that. It's a churn issue, and DTV doesn't want to leave any money on the table for those who are trying to game the system, even if they are doing that legally.

    My personal feeling is that if they make it difficult for a subscriber to pack up a loaded DVR and take that to their cabin in the woods for a weekend, then they are shooting themselves in the foot and making competing services look more attractive. But I don't think that they are being quite that draconian or militaristic about it.

    But what they have to balance having a timeout against is the situation where signal is disrupted, such as a hurricane that knocks power out for a time. They will already have a spike of calls that involve misaligned dishes, and the last thing they need is to have that compounded with calls regarding reauthorizing service for signal that was interrupted but the individual system came through unscathed.

    So its a delicate balance. Something like Hurricane Sandy might motivate them to extend the timeout. They also may do this surgically. For instance, if you live in tornado alley or on the gulf coast or wherever service interruption for a few days might be more prevalent than say New Mexico, the timeout might be longer for your zipcode. Or if you live in Galveston Texas and the storm of the century is looming, they might temporarily extend the timeout there.

    That technology exists; we just don't know how closely they are managing it.

    But there is also a bit of a trick. If you reboot a (or plug in a moved) DVR that has no connection, it will search for signal forever. You may have to press "Exit" a time or two to get to the recorded programs list. Those not understanding that particular move might be those contributing to the "few hours" scenario. I once had a DVR fail but just in its ability to see the sats, and I got four days of playback before I had watched what I wanted and sent it back. Probably could have lasted longer.

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